What It Really All Meant, In the End

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I’ve started and deleted this post so many times I’ve lost count. A confession: for someone who’s built their life around words, I often find life gives us moments far more meaningful. Maybe that’s what all the writer angst finally boils down to: we can’t ever express exactly what we hope to. But we can’t not try. So rather than saying good-bye, I’ll try to explain why being a Deb…


Book 2 Is Coming Soon, Eventually, Someday…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I love that we titled this week’s topic “Progress” on our new works. I have to chuckle/whimper when I see that. It’s about the same noise I make when people ask me how my next book is going, even though I’m still doing events, promotion, and all-around worrying/looking after Chasing the Sun. The truth is, I’m not sure how it’s going. My agent’s reading the first few chapters because I…


Renee Swindle on Letting Go of the Rules + GIVEAWAY of A Pinch of Ooh La La!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In looking back at our launches this week, many of us have also looked ahead to Book 2. Our guest today, Renee Swindle, recently launched A Pinch of Ooh La La—not her first or second book, but her third—so of course, we were thrilled to get her perspective on what she’s learned along the way. A Pinch of Ooh La La is the story of baker Abbey Ross, who is known…


The One Thing I Hope to Do Differently for the Next Book

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I thought this post would be much harder to write because, like Lori, I don’t quite feel like quite enough time has passed between now and my launch to effectively look back and reflect. But then I realized we don’t always have to let a lot of time pass before reflecting. We can look around and see where we are now and take a moment to assess what we’d like to…


Anish Majumdar on Writing About Mental Illness, Fiction as Truth + Giveaway of THE ISOLATION DOOR

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Please join us in welcoming Anish Majumdar to the Ball today! His first novel, THE ISOLATION DOOR, is the story of Neil Kapoor, 23, who is desperate to create a life beyond the shadow of his mother’s schizophrenia. Years of successive relapses and rehabilitation’s have forced his father into the role of caretaker and Neil into that of silent witness. But there is no light within this joyless ritual, and any hope…


The Top 2 Things You Should Know About Rejection

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It’s simple, really. 1. No one owes us anything. We’re not entitled to anyone’s time, admiration, or acceptance; these are privileges earned by a mixture of hard work, open-mindedness, persistence, education, and yes, luck. Last night my husband and I watched Gambit on Netflix, and this line, spoken by Colin Firth, really hit home: “He’s seen the painting, and he’s considering being intrigued.” It made me laugh because it’s so true. Sometimes,…


Celeste Ng on POV, First Lines & Diversity in Publishing + GIVEAWAY of Everything I Never Told You

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Please welcome Celeste Ng to the Ball this week! I met Celeste at the AWP conference earlier this year, and it’s strange to think how far away our launch dates seemed back then. Celeste’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, came out at the end of June to fantastic critical acclaim. It tells the story of a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio and the tragedy that may be their undoing: Lydia is…


5 Tips for Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lori was right. I’ve got no answers here. I’m imagining that back when we finalized this year’s topic calendar and decided this week we’d talk about Overwhelmed Author Syndrome, we all thought: all our books will be launched by then, and surely we’ll be feeling like pros! Like we’ve totally got a handle on things. But the truth is, I’m overwhelmed constantly. The good news is, I’ve learned a few…


5 Things I’m Not Ashamed to Say I Love

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I love this week’s topic so much because—though I don’t feel guilty about any of my guilty pleasures—I do revel in how geeky and fun they are. Thanks largely in part to social media, I feel like the stereotype of the Serious Writer is starting to fade. Sure, there are still authors out there who would never admit to spending a weekend binge-watching old episodes of Saved by the Bell, or…


It’s All About Chemistry

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If I’d had time and not left this post to the day before, I might’ve asked my friend from my writer’s group (we’ll call her E) to write a guest post for us today. E, you see, writes the most amazing love scenes. And lust scenes. And romp scenes. And just really satisfying sex scenes. My friends and I have been known to joke that we often look over our shoulder if…